While commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkin is scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it’s nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits. What better way to enjoy your pumpkin, than in a Pumpkin Smoothie!
Beyond its delicious taste, pumpkin is nutritious and has links to many health benefits.
Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A.
Pumpkin contains the antioxidants alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and many others, which may protect your cells against damage by free radicals.
Pumpkin is high in vitamins A and C, which can help boost your immune system. Its supply of vitamin E, iron, and folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
Pumpkins’ high vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin contents may protect your eyes against sight loss, which becomes more common with age. folate may strengthen your immunity as well.
Pumpkin is full of nutrients and yet has under 50 calories per cup (245 grams). This makes it a nutrient-dense food. It’s also a good source of fiber, which may suppress your appetite.
Pumpkins contain carotenoids, which function as antioxidants. These compounds have links to lower risks of stomach, throat, pancreas, and breast cancers.
Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, which have links to heart health benefits.
Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which acts as a natural sunblock. It also contains vitamins C and E, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help keep your skin strong and healthy.
Pumpkin, once sliced and cut, can be easily roasted, puréed into soup or baked into pies. Its seeds are also edible and highly nutritious.
Enjoy this delicious and nutritious pumpkin smoothie 🙂
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
This pumpkin smoothie is nutritious & delicious. Pumpkin is linked to many health benefits including healthy skin & weight management.